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How To Pick Up And Hold A Rabbit

What’s the best way to pick up and hold a rabbit that doesn’t like to be held?

By Caroline Charland
Posted: April 13, 2012, 7 a.m. EDT

Q: Could you tell me how to pick up and hold my rabbit? He is large and isn’t a year old yet. He likes to be petted but dislikes getting picked up. One reason is probably because I don’t exactly know how, and the other reason might be because he’s not a snuggly bunny a lot of the time. Any advice?
A: Most rabbits don’t like being picked up; they prefer to have all four feet on the floor. But rabbits can be picked up. It will just take a little time for you to learn how to pick up your rabbit, and for your rabbit to know he will be safe when you pick him up.

When you want to pick up your rabbit, call his name and give him a stroke on the head. Put one hand under his chest, wrapping your fingers around the sides. Put your other hand under his bottom and carefully scoop him up against your chest. It is important for your rabbit to feel safe and secure when you hold him, or he will struggle to get down.

Practice picking up your rabbit while you are on the floor, that way if it doesn’t work out he is close to the floor and you won’t have far to put him down. Rabbits need to feel secure when being held, so it may take a little bit of practice for you both to feel comfortable.

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